Cheap Eats 2008: Faryab
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Address: 4917 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-951-3484
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Afghan
Opening Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 5 PM to 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM, and Sunday 5 PM to 9:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Pastries such as bulanee (with leeks) and sambosa (with meat and chickpeas); open-faced dumplings known as mantu (with meat) and aushak (with scallions); quabili pallow, brown basmati rice with carrots, raisins, and braised lamb; stewed pumpkin with yogur
Price Details: Starters around $6; entrées $12.50 to $18.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Good for Groups

Why go: This flash-free, ikat-decorated dining room hops at dinnertime, when crowds settle in for terrific Afghan turnovers and dumplings and satisfying stews.

What to get: Bulanee kachalu, thin pockets of fried pastry with spiced potatoes and ground beef; aushak, dumplings filled with sautéed scallions and smothered with yogurt, and mantu, a version with ground beef; chalow kadu, tender, sweetened pumpkin with yogurt—a vegetarian’s dream; chalow bademjan, a ratatouille-like eggplant stew; sabsi chalow, a liberally garlicked lamb-and-spinach stew.

Best for: Quiet family dinners; a Sunday meal likely to yield leftovers for the week.

Insider tip: Although kebabs are a large part of the menu, they’re not as good as the appetizers, stews, and rice dishes.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner.

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